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BIC eBook Creation: Advanced & Practical Training Course – Nov 2024

November 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT

£441.00 - £605.00
A practical, hands-on look at the production of eBooks.

Created by the book industry, for the book industry

For an empowered, informed supply chain

Established in 1991, BIC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation at the heart of the book publishing industry. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with key stakeholders in the UK book industry to produce quality training courses that are created and delivered by expert, highly respected trainers on a wide range of supply chain topics. Being a not-for-profit organisation, BIC is able to offer all of its training at highly competitive rates. If there is a topic that you would like us to provide training on, that we do not provide at present, get in touch; we also welcome enquires about the provision of bespoke in-house courses.

All of BIC’s production courses are designed in conjunction with a panel of Production Directors from leading publishing houses to ensure that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses.

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BIC’s eBook Creation: Advanced & Practical Course

Purpose of the Course

Would you like to know what’s going on under the digital hood? Picking up where the BIC eBook Creation: Investigated & Explained training course leaves off, this course is a practical, hands-on look at the production of eBooks. It investigates the different platforms, creation methods and workflows, plus their application and the pros and cons of each.

Benefits of Attending

Using a combination of group exercises and technical, hands-on demonstrations, this course will help delegates to understand the terminology and process of producing eBooks for all platforms. The course covers various production methods including working with conversion houses (be they typesetters, repro houses or XML project management organisations that provide EPUB files) so that our delegates’ eBook expectations are met.

Delegates will be provided will the tools to brief suppliers well and to understand the overall mechanics of eBooks.

To ensure our attendees get the most out of the day, we limit the number of delegates for this course to 10.

Course Level

This course is aimed at those who would like a deeper understanding of the techniques and processes involved in the creation and production of eBooks, including the following:

  • Those who are currently responsible for the production of eBooks as part of their workflow whether they are production teams, editors and designers or independents
  • Self-publishers and/or authors that would like to produce their own eBooks
  • Librarians looking to help their patrons produce eBooks or add to the existing eBook content in their collections

A small amount of knowledge of CSS, InDesign and XML is helpful but not considered essential.

Course Outline

The topics covered will include:

  • The various stages involved in eBook production
  • The elements of an EPUB file
  • How to think ‘digitally’
  • What an enhanced eBook is
  • How to place audio and video files in an eBook
  • How to select the best format for your eBook
  • How to create custom content for iPads
  • How to add metadata to your eBook
  • How to crack open an eBook file to add or correct content
  • How to select the best source material for your eBook
  • How to add and check accessibility for screen readers and assistive devices

For the full course outline, email info@bic.org.uk.

The Trainer

Ken Jones


Circular Software

Ken is a publishing software expert with over ten years’ experience as a Technical Production Manager, software trainer and developer at Pearson and Penguin Group UK. Ken now specialises in writing applications for publishers and offering training and consultancy on print and digital publishing software and workflows.

Publishers, self-publishers, authors, librarians and many more will benefit from attending this course.

Feedback for this Course

What component of the training was most effective for you?

“Practical understanding of XML; discussions / ideas; and useful tools and checker for the future.” – Anon.

“I believe all the training was great – good variation and it was nice having a small group for one-to-one help.” – Andrew Smith, Taylor & Francis

“Covering Alt text was really helpful and obtaining a greater understanding of converting to different formats.” – Lisa Brennan, Suffolk Libraries

“Clear information and useful tools, resources and links provided. Good information about future developments.” – Anon.

Date & Frequency of this Course in 2023

Thursday 14th November 2024, 10am – 5pm.

Please note sales for this course will end on 29th October 2024.

Bespoke and In-House Training

BIC is committed to providing high quality, accessible training for the book industry. We are able to provide both bespoke courses and in-house training to suit your requirements. This courses is suitable for in-house training so please do contact us to request further information or to make a booking: info@bic.org.uk

Course Location

Central London venue – to be confirmed. We ask that the course attendees bring their own work lap tops to work on during the training session.

Course Length

This is a full day course.


BIC Members £441 + VAT

Friends of BIC £520 + VAT

Non Members £605+ VAT

NB: Eventbrite fees, travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.

Discounted rates apply to BIC members only.

Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Email info@bic.org.uk.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact info@bic.org.uk. Please note that this process will incur a £25.00 administration fee.

On the Day

All of BIC’s full-day courses include refreshments and a full working lunch.

WiFi Access

A password will be provided on the day to delegates.

Travel Information


Course Cancellations

Please note: as we price our training courses so keenly, the running of them is dependent on there being a set minimum number of delegates registered by the time the booking period ceases. For this reason, please be aware that unfortunately some courses may be cancelled if this requirement is not met. Should this happen, BIC will arrange for full refunds for all training courses booked. We will liaise with registered delegates at least 2 weeks prior to each course date regarding this. BIC apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Refund Policy

Please take a few moments to familiarise yourself with our refund policy:

Should you need to cancel your ticket, refunds may be given as follows:

  • Up to 6 calendar weeks (i.e. 42 calendar days) before the event: full refund
  • Less than 6 calendar weeks, but more than 2 calendar weeks (i.e. 14 days) before the event: 50% refund
  • Less than 2 calendar weeks before the event: no refund.

If you (or a colleague in your place) do not attend the training course you have booked, no refund will be given.

Please note: Tickets are transferable within your organisation.


November 14
10:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT
£441.00 - £605.00


Central London Location, UK
To be confirmed
London, N 1 OPW United Kingdom


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